FOSS Web Mail - What do you use?
bms at mscis.org
Wed Nov 29 16:03:57 MST 2006
Ryan Simpkins wrote:
On Wed, November 29, 2006 11:40, Wade Preston Shearer wrote:
Gmail does offer hosted mail for other domains. I'm not sure on the
details, but a former coworker of mine used it for his side
was happy with it. I personally can't stand Gmail's interface. Dunno
what it is, but I just really dislike it. Yahoo's new one is much
better for my tastes, although I wish they'd take it out of "beta"
already. Wait, isn't gmail still beta? That said, I use Thunderbird
for my primary email accounts.
I personally don't understand why web-based email clients are so
popular. They are nice for the rare emergency when you need to check
your mail at a kiosk or on another computer when you are away, but I
can't see how people prefer them over a local app for normal use.
I can't speak for everyone, but here is why I like running my own web mail:
- I have multiple systems I check mail from. My mail is always in sync and I never
have to wait for a client to sync folders.
- No messages stored locally means a lesser chance someone can access them
accidently or on purpose.
- I do not have to configure multiple clients each time I add a new system I check
- My preferences are stored on the server, so it always remembers how I like things.
- I am pretty mobile. I can check my e-mail anywhere with a browser.
- All of my e-mail and settings are stored on the server, wich makes it really easy
to back up.
- I do not have to allow additional ports access to the server. IMAP only allows
localhost connections on my server.
- I can use Apache to lock down access to my web mail, allowing only certain people
to even see the login screen.
- In the case I need to upgrade to gain features or fix bugs I only need to upgrade
Well, those are just a few. :)
I personally don't like gmail since they don't support IMAP, which is
much better than POP. For mobility, I use a USB Flash
Drive w - I also have multiple mail systems, and with my Thunderbird
client - I keep my usb drive with me, and all the emails stored on it
are - I only had to configure one client
- My preferences are stored on this one client
- USB drives are mobile, and can be used nearly anywhere
- My email and settings are stored both on the server and in the
client, which means it's already backed up
- It already has all my settings, I can pgp-sign and pgp-encrypt
- I can open just IMAP over SSH, which is more secure than port
80 - I don't even give Apache access to my email at all - one less
thi - To upgrade Thunderbird, I just paste new version files over
the t I personally like this method best.
BTW, I can also encrypt the USB drive.
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